Post Content


If you are a Massachusetts resident who is spending time in, say,  Florida this winter, be aware of this Massachusetts sales tax provision if you happen to buy a new vehicle while out of state.

Under Massachusetts law, when you trade in your vehicle towards the purchase of another vehicle, the trade in allowance is deducted from the final purchase price before the sales tax is calculated at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  However, only vendors registered with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue are allowed the trade-in allowance.

What does this mean? Well, let’s say you purchase a vehicle for $30,000 and the dealer gives you $10,000 in trade-in allowance. If the dealer is registered with DOR you would pay $1,250 in Massachusetts sale tax when you register the vehicle after returning to the state. If the dealer isn’t registered than you would owe $1,875 as the sales tax would be calculated on the full price.

Fortunately, registration is only a click away on www.mass.gov/dor so the dealer can easily sign up and there are no fees to register. So before you buy, ask the dealership if they are registered with DOR and don’t get caught paying more sales tax than is necessary.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Why do most Massachusetts taxpayers file electronically? Lots of good reasons. posted on Mar 17

If you haven’t filed your Massachusetts personal income tax return, there are very good reasons to consider e-filing.  Millions of taxpayers have already taken advantage of e-filing, the most convenient way to get your taxes done. Why are we confident that e-filing is the very   …Continue Reading Why do most Massachusetts taxpayers file electronically? Lots of good reasons.

MassTaxConnect for Fiduciary Taxes – Get Started on December 5, 2016! posted on Nov 14

With WebFile for Income Stepping Aside, MassTaxConnect Steps Up MassTaxConnect, the Commonwealth’s new tax revenue system, will be expanding to include fiduciary and other taxes on December 5, 2016. As you may already know, WebFile for Income is now officially closed as we prepare to   …Continue Reading MassTaxConnect for Fiduciary Taxes – Get Started on December 5, 2016!

November 6: WebFiIe for Income Makes Way for MassTaxConnect posted on Nov 4

WebFile for Income says goodbye as MassTaxConnect welcomes more taxpayers In anticipation of MassTaxConnect expanding to include 10 additional tax types, WebFile for Income will say goodbye to users on November 6 at midnight. Save the date – pay bills electronically through November 6 If   …Continue Reading November 6: WebFiIe for Income Makes Way for MassTaxConnect